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The Best Seasons of NCIS

Updated November 17, 2020 2.4k votes 492 voters 26.2k views18 items

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List of the best seasons of NCIS, listed from best to worst with pictures of DVD covers when available. Hardcore fans of the series often argue over what the greatest season of NCIS is, which is exactly why this ranked list was created. This list of the best NCIS seasons has been voted on by NCIS fans from around the world, so the order of the seasons isn't just one person's opinion.

Each season of NCIS has at least one memorable episode, so it isn't necessarily easy to figure out what the top season is. Is your favorite season of NCIS not as high as it should be? Be sure to vote it up so it rises to the top. If you want to answer the questions, "What is the best season of NCIS?" and "Which season of NCIS is the best?" then this list will have you covered.

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    NCIS - Season 3

    The third season of NCIS premiered on September 20, 2005 and contains 24 episodes. This season finds Gibbs and the team seeking to avenge the murder of Kate.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Kill Ari (Part I & 2)," "Under Covers," and "Hiatus (Part I & 2)."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • Ziva shoots and kills Ari.
    • Ziva and Tony are held captive.
    • Gibbs is hurt in a ship bombing.
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    NCIS - Season 2

    The second season of NCIS premiered on September 28, 2004 and contains 23 episodes. This season introduces the new characters of Timothy McGee and Jimmy Palmer.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "See No Evil," "Doppelgänger," and "Twilight."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • Timothy McGee gets a promotion.
    • Tony DiNozzo gets the bubonic plague.
    • Caitlin Todd gets shot by Ari Haswari.
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    NCIS - Season 7

    The seventh season of NCIS premiered on September 22, 2009 and contains 24 episodes. This season finds the team investigating the Mexican drug war.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Truth or Consequences," "Good Cop, Bad Cop," and "Rule Fifty-One."

    Memorable moments from Season 7 include:

    • Ziva becomes an NCIS agent.
    • Gibbs is kidnapped by Paloma Reynosa.
    • Ziva becomes a U.S. citizen.
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    NCIS - Season 9

    The ninth season of NCIS premiered on September 20, 2011 and contains 24 episodes. This season finds the team investigating the insurance CEO-turned terrorist, Harper Dearing.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Nature of the Beast," "The Missionary Position," and "Till Death Do Us Part."

    Memorable moments from Season 9 include:

    • The NCIS building is damaged in a bombing.
    • Ducky has a heart attack.
    • Gibbs is shot.
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